Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Decorating

I know it's December 19th and most of you have probably had your Christmas tree and other decorations up for weeks. 

Not me. I've been quite busy and just have not gotten around to doing it. Besides, tomorrow is Jack's birthday and I think it's nice to not decorate before his birthday so it doesn't "get lost" in the holiday confusion. (Ok, so maybe that would have been an excuse when he was a child, but since he'll be 77 tomorrow, I'm kind of stretching that one.)

Also, we leave our decorations up until January 6th, the Day of the Kings, so it's not like they're only up for a week. (Again, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!) 

I did put the Christmas quilt on our bed almost two weeks ago so I'm counting that has having done some decorating. Gee, I almost feel better about being a lazy decorator.  Almost!


If anyone is free and wants to stop over to put up the tree and hang quilts, I'll provide the coffee and Mannheim Steamroller music. I may have some extra cookies too. They won't be the pretty ones, though. They'll be the ones left over after the orders are filled.  :-)

Any takers?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tip Tuesday! Phone Apps

"Tip Tuesday!" - Phone Apps

I love learning new things and then sharing that knowledge with my quilting friends. So, every Tuesday I'll provide some tips, hints, tricks, tutorials, shortcuts, etc. that I've learned over the years and share them here on the blog. 

"Tip Tuesday" will be a collection of information about a wide variety of subjects garnered from a large variety of sources.  I am not an expert by any means and do not take credit for being the great wizard behind all of these hints and tips. I will gladly give due credit whenever possible.

These tips will be archived and accessible to you just by clicking on the "Tip Tuesday" tab above. 

Read, enjoy, and be inspired! 



Do you have a smart phone? 


I hate to admit it, but I joined the smart phone group rather late and with much trepidation. I really didn't want to get one but I was "forced" to do so because of work. If I wanted to get sub jobs, I had to be able to get e-mail quickly and get on-line to accept assignments. 

I finally caved and bought a phone from a friend (Thanks Allan and Denise!) about 1 1/2 years ago. 
I have to say that I really do enjoy it and use it quite a lot, and not just for getting sub jobs.:-) 

I know that I don't even come close to using the phone to its potential, nor do I have the latest updates. I'm ok with what I have and what it can do for me. Too much more, might just be too much in general. 

So what does my phone do for me? 

With this phone, I can do a lot of things, including getting some quilting information! There are some really cool quilting apps that you really need to take a look at and see if you can use it.


Apps for Quilters | Right Sides Together

Rather than re-invent the wheel, check out Rhonda Jordan's blog post about finding and using various quilting apps. 


Do you use your phone for quilting? 
Please share with us! Inquiring minds want to know.  :-)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday

This is on my wall and will probably be there until after Christmas or maybe even the new year. 



This is from Hunter's Design Studio and part of the Big Block Jelly Logs pattern. This particular pattern is called Radiant Jelly Log

The strips to the left of the top are what is yet to be added to make the top as instructed (40 - 2 1/2" strips). Of course I have pulled another 20 to increase the size of the quilt. :-)

Remember this?



Those are all 60 strips that I plan to use. In reality, depending on the size as I continue to add strips, I may use a few less or a few more. I guess we'll have to wait to see. And as I said, that probably won't happen until the new year. Drat!

Check out what other quilters have on their design walls today.

Go to Judy L's Patchwork Times!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy!

I like this and think I want to work on making it a reality EVERY DAY!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We Support You Blog Hop - Openings

Last week I told you that I signed up for the 






Well, I just received an e-mail from Pat saying that there's room for a few more bloggers to participate. Why not take a few minutes to read about the hop and see if it will fit into your schedule to join us? 


Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt!  has completed the awesome pattern we'll be using, and Pat from Scrapatches will be our cheerleader. (Because of their leadership and involvement, you know it'll be wonderful, don't you?)

I hope you'll join us in showing your support!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tip Tuesday! A Hot Thready Mess

"Tip Tuesday!" - A Hot Thready Mess

I love learning new things and then sharing that knowledge with my quilting friends. So, every Tuesday I'll provide some tips, hints, tricks, tutorials, shortcuts, etc. that I've learned over the years and share them here on the blog. 

"Tip Tuesday" will be a collection of information about a wide variety of subjects garnered from a large variety of sources.  I am not an expert by any means and do not take credit for being the great wizard behind all of these hints and tips. I will gladly give due credit whenever possible.

These tips will be archived and accessible to you just by clicking on the "Tip Tuesday" tab above. 

Read, enjoy, and be inspired! 



With permission from the quilt maker (I'll call her Susie Quilt Maker), I am going to show you a few pictures that can only be described as a hot mess - a Hot Thready Mess! 

I did promise to only show the back side of the quilt because Susie Quilt Maker knows that some of her friends read my blog and she's afraid that they'll recognize the quilt and her identity will be revealed. :-)

Recently, I was asked to quilt a large wall hanging for an acquaintance. I had the time and knew that she didn't want anything fancy so I agreed. When Susie Quilt Maker came to my house to drop off the quilt, I laid it out to get some measurements, discuss the quilting, etc. I noticed a fair amount of thread poking through to the top of the quilt and clipped a few. The more I looked, the more thread I found. It was poking out at the seam intersections, all along the outside edges of the quilt, and also randomly throughout the entire quilt.

I gave Susie Quilt Maker a pair of snips and said, "Let's get rid of these threads because they'll get caught in the machine and cause a problem." (I was also thinking that these threads were multiplying right in front of my eyes. Plus I didn't want to have to clip these myself. I hate to clip threads once a project is sewn. It is soooooo time consuming!)

We spent the next 15 minutes snipping threads. 15 minutes! 

While we were snipping, Susie Quilt Maker told me that she ALWAYS has threads poking through or showing on her projects and she really didn't know why. I asked her if she trimmed her threads while sewing and she said, "Sometimes, but not always."

Well, this is what you get when you don't trim threads. 


Thread Mess

That first picture does't look too bad, does it? It's not a lot, but it still is a mess and can cause a variety of problems like thread getting caught in the seam, thread bunching up and getting caught on the needle. 


Can you see the grey and red threads below? Some of those red threads were showing through the front of the quilt in the light fabric areas.


Thread Mess

Notice the pressing in this next picture. I asked Susie Quilt Maker why she pressed some of the seams away from the light fabric and some towards the light fabric. (I had a pretty good idea why but wanted to know if she did.)

Thread Mess

Susie Quilt Maker told me she pressed the way that was the easiest and that for some reason, the fabric "wanted" to go in different directions. Once we looked closely from both sides, we saw that there were threads caught in the seams. We also noticed that in many cases, the threads had gotten tangled up at the beginning of a seam which caused the fabrics to get flipped in various directions, thus making pressing a challenge.

Check this out. What a mess! 

Thread Mess

Trimming these threads took a lot of time. If Susie Quilt Maker had simply trimmed threads as she sewed, it would have been much easier.

So, why do I think trimming is important? 
Here are my top five reasons.

1.  No loose threads to poke their way to the quilt top and look bad.

2.  No loose threads to get caught in the machine when I'm quilting. (If threads get caught in the hopping foot while a quilt is being quilted on a longarm machine, that can cause a serious problem like a tear.) 

3.  No thread showing through light fabric.

4.  Reduces the chance of threads getting caught in the machine foot or needle, thus causing a problem or mess as you sew.

5.  Loose threads just get in my way and I hate to be slowed down messing with them.


Do you trim your threads as you sew? Why or why not?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

We Support You Blog Hop Info

I've signed up for the 


which will take place Jan. 29th - Feb. 11th. 


Why did I sign up? 
I signed up because I've known a number of people who've been touched by cancer and I want them to know that I support them. Whether they are battling cancer now or have battled it in the past, I want these people and their families to know that they are not alone in this fight. I support YOU!

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you know that I've been involved in a number of breast cancer campaigns including Bras for a Cause. As a matter of fact, we just held our sixth annual Bras for a Cause/Girls Night Out event and you can find pictures of the bras HERE and HERE.
HERE is another old post you might enjoy that includes some Bras for a Cause pictures.

I've also participated in a number of Susan G. Komen 3-Day, 60 Miles Walks. My daughter Lynn and walked in Cleveland three times and Jack and I walked in Dallas once. The year Jack and I walked in Dallas, the three of us worked in Cleveland.

Although I'll admit that the fundraising ($2300 per participant each year!), the training, and actual walking was very challenging for me, what I went through doesn't compare at all to what cancer patients go through every day. Every single day! They can never escape the fact that they are fighting for their lives.

I continue to be in awe of the people I've met over the years. Their courage and drive to survive has truly been an inspiration to me. It grounds me and helps me put my "problems" in perspective! 

When I saw the announcement for this hop, I knew that I wanted to participate! Let me correct that. I knew I NEEDED to participate!


Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt!  has completed the awesome pattern we'll be using and Pat from Scrapatches will be our cheerleader. (Because of their leadership and involvement, you know it'll be wonderful, don't you?)


I've been playing around with ideas and have narrowed my design down to two choices. I'll make the final decision this weekend and get started. Of course I've fondled stash fabric already and have pulled some to be used, no matter which design I choose.  :-)

I hope you'll join us in showing your support!

For more information, check out the link below.

ttp://www.sewwequilt.com/2014/11/we-support-you-blog-hop-sign-up-begins.html